On Friday 14 October Greater Manchester Police held the Chief Constable's STARS awards to recognise the exceptional work that takes place on a daily basis across the Force.
The ceremony was presented by television actress Jennie McAlpine, also known as Fiz from Coronation Street, and was held at the Imperial War Museum. The GMP Big Band were invited to perform after the awards ceremony.
The awards recognise colleagues and volunteers who have gone above and beyond, by providing someone with life-enhancing customer care or support, helping to enhance the reputation of the force or their work has had an impact at a national level.
Colleagues nominated one another, including teams, volunteers and office staff for the STARS awards (STARS stands for Safety, Teamwork, Action, Respect and Service). Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, with the help of a panel of colleagues from across the force decided on the final winners of the awards.
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “All the nominations for the STARS Awards were incredibly strong; it’s great to see the commitment and dedication our colleagues and volunteers have to GMP and the public we serve.
“The judges had a really tough job to narrow down all the nominations, which just shows us the final winners are extra special; they have gone that step further to make sure they really make a positive difference.
“I want to congratulate everyone who was nominated and of course all the winners and thank you all for your hard work and continued commitment to the force. I would also like to thank Jennie McAlpine for giving up her time for free to support GMP in this way.”
The GMP Big Band were delighted to be part of the evening's entertainment and pleased to see people singing along and dancing away at the end of the night.
On the night, over £1500 was raised in the raffle for Mood Swings - a mental health charity supported by Jennie McAlpine.